Wohlert, an expert in speech-language pathology, has spent 15 years in various administrative positions at UNM, including interim director of the School for Public Administration for the past year. Previous positions include dean and vice provost of graduate studies, interim dean at the Anderson School of Management, associate provost for curriculum and instruction, and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.
She has served on several committees and task forces related to global education, public policy, formula funding, distance education and graduate enrollment.
She has taught at UNM, Purdue University and Ohio State University.
In announcing the appointment, Frank said Wohlert “brings an exceptional level of expertise, institutional knowledge and personal credibility to this position.” He called her a “great asset” who will play a critical role in advancing the vision of UNM’s leadership team.
Wohlert fills a void left by the departure last month of Dorothy “Duffy” Rodriguez, a former cabinet secretary for Gov. Susanna Martinez who joined the UNM team in December 2012. Frank created the chief-of-staff position shortly after he became UNM president in June 2012, although it had a different title. Rodriguez’s annual salary was $155,000 when she left. Wohlert will still receive her faculty salary of $215,800, plus a $10,000 special administrative stipend.